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LA beats Fire, moves into first place in West

Final: Los Angeles 1, Chicago 0.

The Fire had several good chances in the final minutes, for a little first-half chip by Landon Donovan stood up as LA moved past Houston into first place in the MLS Western Conference.

More at the MLS scoreboard.

Halftime: My flight was delayed a couple of hours in Minneapolis due to weather and runway construction. So I just got to my room around midnight. However, that's just halftime of the Galaxy-Fire game, which I'll now settle in and watch.

I did manage to listen to their halftime playoff analysis, and they sounded pretty dismissive to the Sounders ... citing schedule and a recent lack of goal-scoring.

Pregame: Just a reminder that there's an MLS game on ESPN2 tonight: Chicago at LA. Like most MLS games these days, it could certainly have some trickle-down affect on the Sounders.

Here's a quick preview from the LA Times.


Time: 8 p.m. TV: ESPN2.

Where: Home Depot Center.

Records: Galaxy 10-6-11, Fire 10-6-11.

Update: If there is a winner tonight, that team would clinch a place in the playoffs as long as Chivas USA does not lose at D.C. United on Saturday. So, even though the Fire's Cuauhtemoc Blanco is out because of a hamstring injury and the Galaxy's David Beckham might be limited by his inflamed right ankle, the game will have a real edge. "With three games remaining, this is an important match," Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said, "not only for our playoff aspirations but within the two conferences." The teams have identical records and each is second in its conference. The top two teams in the East and West have home-field advantage in the playoffs.